In everyday life, do we recognize God’s hand in action? I think there are many things that slip past us simply because we aren’t looking. I like to ask the question, “What are the chances?” What are the chances that your bank awards you a sweepstakes that you didn’t do anything to enter at the same moment that you’re in desperate need of that same amount of money with NO hope of coming up with it on your own?
In fact, this specific example is true. The previous Sunday at church, I cried through the entire service because I thought we had finally run out of hope. We needed nearly $5000 to be able to get caught up on our house note. They had already sent us the warning letter stating that they would foreclose if we didn’t pay and time was running out. Later the same week, I had a phone call from my bank. I could hardly believe it was true. They had awarded me the Sweepstakes for doing something I was already doing, online bill pay. What are the chances?
Needless to say, as always God’s provision was in time, but I learned that I may not come in ways that I could foresee. He is constantly moving behind the scenes in ways that we can’t conceive. This experience reinforced the fact that I can trust God. I don’t need to be able to predict how his help will come to me. I don’t have to understand how all the pieces of the puzzle will fit together. All I have to do is trust that God is faithful and that He loves me no matter what.
There have been many times throughout my Christian walk that God has proven Himself faithful. I am truly blessed that He is willing to do that over and over again when my fears were echoing in my head, drowning out that still quiet voice. I cannot thank God enough for the many times he’s spared me from what I deserved even when the doubts creep in. I’m so glad that God knows my heart even when I fail; He loves me unconditionally.
Unconditional love is hard to come by from people. It is hard to give it. When was the last time you were able to love with no expectation in return? When did you love your child without any performance criteria? It’s easy to say that you love your children no matter what. Think about what you do. Is there a statement, “I love you, but…?” Whether it’s about grades, cleaning their rooms or anything else, if you withhold some of your grace towards them because they disappointed you, your love is not unconditional.
Growing up, I struggled with my weight. The way my parents talked to me about it made me feel like I had let them down by being heavy. It was beside the point that I was only eating what was in the house. This shaped the way I looked at myself. I was a disappointment. I didn’t perform as well as my brother did in school, I was heavy and I wasn’t as social as my sister. It wasn’t until recently that I saw what unconditional love was in action.
Our daughter got in trouble in school. My husband was sitting in the school office praying about how he should handle it. God’s answer to him was to treat her as He had treated my husband. In many ways it’s hard to realize that God is giving us grace every moment of every day; that His love is greater that anything else we can imagine. Are you capable of that kind of love? When someone has hurt you can you forgive them unconditionally? Can you throw that offense as far as the east is from the west?